No topic to put this comment in so I'll guess I'll just put it here. We lost last night because of the little things:
First of all, we wouldn't have scored in the first inning unless Deduno threw that wild pitch. Runner on third, no outs- we wouldn't have scored Nicky. Hardy needs to be hitting EIGHTH. not SECOND. Buck is making a dumb decision to trust his veteran here. His OBP is .257 for crying out loud.
Second, 3 double plays grounded into is too much. That just kills rallies.
Third, Flaherty pops up to the catcher. That cannot happen.
Fourth, top of the third- nicky and jj get singles- first and second, not outs- Buck should be able to not care who is at the plate. You are getting paid millions of dollars, you need to learn how to bunt, period. But no, we swing away producing a unproductive strike out, pop out, and ground out. Runners STRANDED.
Fifth, bottom of the fourth- Ryan Doumit hits a ground ball to JJ Hardy. Hardy throws it to second to record the first out, but Flaherty cannot complete the twin killer. 3 pitches later Brian Dozier grounds out to short, which would have been inning over. But instead, Britton has to throw 16 more pitches to get out of the inning.
Sixth, bottom of the 7th- if JJ Hardy makes that play we are out of the inning. INSTEAD, Strop has to replace Ayala who promptly gives up 2 RBI singles and the Orioles defense is out on the field for 18 more pitches. DEFENSE,DEFENSE,DEFENSE.